Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned he’s able to work with any U.S. chief, however nonetheless isn’t prepared to acknowledge the election victory of Joe Biden.
“We’ll work with anybody who has the boldness of the American individuals,” Putin mentioned on Russian state TV Sunday. “However that confidence can solely be given to a candidate whose victory has been acknowledged by the opposing celebration, or after the outcomes are confirmed in a reliable, authorized method.”
The feedback are among the most detailed for the reason that election from Putin, one in every of a dwindling variety of leaders who haven’t acknowledged Biden as the subsequent U.S. head of state. Russia, accused by U.S. intelligence businesses of intervening in 2016 to assist get Trump elected, has been cautious of Biden, fearing a rise in sanctions strain and clashes over human rights.
Putin described the Kremlin’s determination to not congratulate Biden as “a formality” with no ulterior motives. When requested if the transfer might harm U.S.-Russia relations, he mentioned: “there’s nothing to wreck, they’re already ruined.”